21 Aug

Connecting SharePoint libraries to Outlook with stssync

Outlook 2003 and 2007 support a protocol called stssync, which allow SharePoint libraries to be viewed in Outlook.  Outlook 2003 allows for read-only viewing, whereas Outlook 2007 also allows for two-way synching of certain content.  The most common way of connecting to a SharePoint library is through the SharePoint Actions menu, as shown below.

19 Aug

Exchange 2010 Benefits for Law Firms – Part 1 of 3

The next version of Microsoft’s enterprise messaging platform, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, is due for release in the fourth quarter of 2009.  The current version of Exchange, Exchange 2007, introduced dramatic architectural changes that made it a compelling upgrade both for law firms running previous versions of Exchange, such as Exchange 2000 or 2003, and Read more…

13 Aug

Matter Centricity Design: To Subclass or not to Subclass?

In my previous post, I discussed ways of bringing the legal user community into the matter centric design process. That’s only the first battle. Once attorneys are able to visualize the concept behind the organizational folders of a matter centric WorkSpace, they may want the structures to mimic what they are used to — especially Read more…

13 Aug

Citrix client plug-in 11.2 and hotfix rollup pack 5: Bringing Adobe Flash and dynamic USB redirection to XenApp

A couple of months back I posted on Citrix’s HDX Media Stream, as well as my first hand results with the trial release of HDX Media Stream for Flash.  Today, I wanted to follow up on that post with the newly released betas of XenApp 4.5/5.0 Hotfix rollup pack 5 (HRP) and Citrix Online Plug-in Read more…

10 Aug

VMware Tools lockdown for VDI/Terminal Server environments

Installing the VMware Tools package inside a VMware virtual machine improves overall performance and allows the use of advanced features and faster virtual hardware drivers.  The installation package also installs a tray icon that controls guest access to virtual hardware, time synchronization, etc.  Since most virtual machines are servers and end users don’t typically access Read more…

09 Aug

Internet Explorer Security Zone Settings for Pass-Thru Authentication to SharePoint

We often come across instances where firms are using NTLM Authentication (Windows integrated authentication) for SharePoint, and expect that Internet Explorer will automatically pass through the authentication from machines within the company, however they still get prompted for credentials.  This issue exists with any IIS website, not just SharePoint, but seems to come up more Read more…

28 Jul

Managing and Automating XenApp with PowerShell

One of the challenges in maintaining and managing a large scale XenApp farm is automating application publishing. Servers may have dozens of applications published to them and manually managing these applications is time consuming and impractical.  At the moment, organizations have the option of using Citrix’s Installation Manager or third party solutions such as Enteo’s Read more…

23 Jul

Microsoft submits virtualization driver code for Linux kernel

Microsoft has made a very interesting virtualization play this week by submitting source code for the Linux kernel. This will allow Linux guests to run on the maturing Windows 2008 hypervisor, Microsoft Hyper-V. This is an unexpected move from Microsoft to publicly release source code and an indicator of their appetite to compete with VMware’s Read more…

21 Jul

Matter Centricity Design: Getting the Big Picture

So you’ve decided to implement Matter Centricity at your firm.  Whether you are using Autonomy iManage (formerly Interwoven), Open Text eDOCS (formerly Hummingbird), or another Document Management System (DMS), the basic idea behind Matter Centricity is the same — to present virtual Redwelds for each matter, with folders to categorize and classify documents within.  Couldn’t be Read more…

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